Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stylish Charging - For Your Cell Phone...ON THE GO @chicbuds CLUCHETTE POWER

How many times have you been running around, busy as a bee, and not had time to stop and charge your cell phone?  But you really, desperately need to keep it charged...cause what if there's an emergency?  What if that important phone call you've been waiting for is coming and your phone is about to die?  

Our darn cell phone batteries just don't hold their charge...especially when we are playing games, taking pictures or sending text messages a lot.

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products!
What if I told you about a STYLISH option that will do portable charging on your cell phone, but also can be used like a clutch style purse as well?  Would you be interested?  I know I was!  

Chic Buds offers so many different types of products for cell phones...to make our lives, as electronically crutched people, stylish and fun!  In fact, they also make our lives portable and keep us moving...even when we need a "CHARGE".
I received theClutchette Power Taylor Clutchette Bag and I LOVE IT!  First off, it's adorable!  Perfect for a night out, without having to lug around a heavy purse!  
It is big enough to hold my money, my ID, my car keys and more importantly, my cell phone.  
It has a portable charging capability (yes...you do have to charge it before you leave home), but when you are out and plug in...it can charge your smart phone battery to full capacity again!  
HOW AWESOME IS THAT? 
I bet you know some teenagers that would LOVE this product!  
Probably even some mommies, aunties and even Grandmas who would use a product like this!

CLICK HERE to see their selection of stylish Clutchette Bags and give your friends and family the CLUTCHETTE POWER from Chic Buds too!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Perfect Summer - A MUST SEE

As you know, we are family that loves "family movie night".  
Tonight...the kids and I got the pleasure of previewing a movie called, "THE PERFECT SUMMER".  
It is a mix of several things that the kids & I LOVE!  
Faith...GOD...surfing...waves...and a sweet story all mixed into one.
In my opinion, this is probably a movie that somehow...some way...everyone can relate to.  The main character lost his father...the mother is struggling to make ends meet for her and her son...the beautiful surfer girl "takes it to the waves" because she lives in a home with parents who are constantly fighting...and a Grandpa will teach his Grandson to do something that he, himself loved to do too but wasn't able to continue, after loosing his reality to alcohol.
"UP TV" offers uplifting shows...that are perfect for "FAMILY VIEWING"...because you don't have to worry about bad words, nude scenes, or off color humor.  This movie touches topics like BULLYING, building ones self confidence, building ones personal strength, dedication, falling in love, and finding FAITH.  These are real life issues that we deal with...and how we choose to respond tells a lot about our faith.  With four kids who are learning who they will become in life...it's good to encourage & teach them to do the right thing, tell the truth (this one is harder than we realize), try even when it's hard and be a person of integrity...in a world that doesn't always teach or preach that.
THE KIDS AND I GIVE THIS MOVIE 5 STARS!!  
Not only did it hold all of our attention, from ages 5 to ages 35...but also was uplifting, encouraging, offered the message to NEVER STOP trying, to PUSH harder and to step out in faith.  I think this movie was especially encouraging to our oldest son.  He could relate a little to the main character...who is being bullied and at first would rather play on his phone (be on the internet) than do "real life" stuff.  I always see something COME ALIVE in our son...when he's "in the waves and water".  He's got a surfboard and is learning to surf...and after watching this movie, I wouldn't be surprised if he's begging me to take him to the beach so he can practice even more now.  Our boy could spend hours in that open sea of salt water.  
I've always said that the ocean is GOOD MEDICINE to soothe the soul and even my kids would agree to that!

The kids and I don't have cable, but if we did, we would be watching this channel all the time!  
This movie, "The Perfect Summer" will be airing on Sunday, August 3rd at 10 AM ET.

CLICK HERE to check it out!  GREAT MUSIC, watch the trailer and enjoy the story with your family too!  

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for this review/feature!

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Fortune Cookie Got It Right...

Could being an optimist be a bad thing?
I got this fortune cookie saying the other day and I had to smile...
"Courage and Optimism Are Your Best Traits"
Pretty sure that most people that know me, would agree with this cookie!  
At least I would hope so!
I am so thankful that no matter what LIFE throws my way...I have a STRONG faith that GOD is walking every step with me and will keep my attitude focused, positive and peaceful!  That I see the opportunities, even in difficulties!

Just because I smile doesn't mean everything is rosy all the time!  It means that I choose to not let circumstances or people dictate how I feel about how truly blessed my life is!  It means that I know, no matter what happens, no matter what...I KNOW GOD is in CONTROL!

I guess you can call it hope!  I hope you are feeling HOPEFUL today too!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Our Nighttime Visitors... Ribbittt CROAK Ribbittt

Our back yard garden has offered us some new "friends" to play with at night time too!
LOVE IT!
Tonight we were able to catch one (I've heard them out there croaking)...
and if you can't tell by the look on my oldest daughter's face, she was delighted to catch, play with & meet this adorable little creature!
And yes, we did bring him inside, for a closer look...but don't worry, we set it free...so it can keep our plants "bug free" and we can play "hide and go seek" with it again another night!  

It's the little things...right?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Oh My Zucchini - Our First Harvest

Here is another progress report from our back patio GARDEN...
Our zucchini plant is growing OUT OF CONTROL!  It's amazing just how LARGE and IN CHARGE this plant has become.  The blooms are a gorgeous bright orange!  It's simply lovely!
Not only that...but it's already producing amazing amounts of zucchini.  We just picked our first two (slightly odd shaped) zucchini!  I can already taste the bread, the muffins, the fried and the baked zucchini.  YUM!  I can't wait to use this squash fresh and freeze some for this winter, when I'll actually want to turn my oven on to cook some tasty treats!!

Again, we are delighted and impressed with how well our garden continues to grow and grow and grow!  What a treat this is!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about our garden.  All products in our garden were purchased on my own accord for our own personal use!

Monday, July 7, 2014

And Friends Are Friends Forever - No Matter How Long It's Been

I have a friend, that was "OFFICIALLY" my very best friend in the 4th grade!  
Now...considering that I have a daughter that just finished up her fourth grade year...
I feel SUPER OLD...knowing that she has been my friend for that long...

Funny thing though...I have not seen her (in person) since fourth grade!  We have been "LONG DISTANCE" pen pal friends, since I said goodbye to her, with tear filled eyes, as our station wagon pulled away from her curb after our last play date together.  
We have always kept in touch with letters, cards, pictures and, as the internet evolved...online as well.

Lots of things have happened in our lives since the fourth grade obviously.  
We have had life adventures & life lessons, we have grown up, we have made families of our own, we have given birth to beautiful children, we have suffered hardships & hard things life throws at us, and so on...and we have been there for each other (emotionally and prayerfully)...through the distance...because we are REALLY FRIENDS!
Today, a package arrived at our door that was hand stamped & colored.  It wasn't a typical generic product review box, sent by a PR company for review/feature...so I was thrown off...not knowing where it was sent from.  I was so excited to see it was from my "LONG DISTANCE" friend, who I haven't heard from in awhile.
Inside this sweet package...she sent us fun things for me and the kids to enjoy this summer.  
Things that her and her boys enjoy too! Some things to eat, some things to play with, some things to be creative with and some things to simply enjoy!  
What a little blessing in a box!  
Seriously...I might cry again just writing this!  
What a thoughtful gesture...
She must have known I needed the encouragement and little "pick me up", and despite the tears that did flow out of my eyes when I read the coffee mug she sent me (my sister snapped this picture in the moment)...it was nothing but SMILES around our house, as the kids not only got to hear me talk fondly about my friend, and also see what fun surprises she sent for us to enjoy!  So sweet!
Someday...I hope to be able to HUG her in person...but until then, I will say THANK YOU publicly for not only being so thoughtful...and lifting my spirits when I needed it...but also for BEING A LIFELONG friend!  She knows who she is and I hope her BOYS will hug her for me...since I can't right now!

Despite the absence from each other and distance in time and space, I know that her and I will always be friends!  
I thank GOD for her special friendship in my life!

Kissable Summer Lips - @Carmex Ultra Smooth Pomegranate Lip Balm Stick

Most of our summer days, at least for me and the kids, is spent partially OUTSIDE!  We love to be outside, active and having fun! That means that we are in the heat & the sunshine and sometimes that leaves our lips chapped and weathered.  That also means that our skin, and sometimes even our lips, suffer some slight "weather" damage...

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by offering my honest opinion about this product.

I've used Carmex products in the past...in fact, their products were super popular when I was in high school and it's no surprise to me that they are still a "GO TO" brand, but also coming up with new products to keep us happily coming back for more!  

And trust me...NO ONE likes cracked, dried, sunburnt or chapped lips.  
THEY HURT!  
I received the new Ultra Smooth Pomegranate Lip Balm Stick ,which not only smells amazing...but also leaves your lips tingling and refreshed!  When you mix a lip balm product that is already historically known to work really well, with something like pomegranate (I love to eat them and their scent), then you know this is going to be a product that I SHOULD REALLY LIKE!
I LOVE THIS STUFF!
My lips feel hydrated, super soft and ultra kissable!  
Yes...even when I head off to the beach for the day!
Plus...they smell good & taste good too!
Anyone want a kiss?

Have you tried any Carmex products before?  
If you like the scent of pomegranate and you enjoy Carmex products, you will probably really love this too! 
CLICK HERE to see all that Carmex offers!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!